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Merlot

 

Complex cherry, chocolate and black fruit aromas jump from the nose of this Merlot. On the palate, black cherry, cedar and roasty tobacco lead to a full, round mouth with firm structure and elegance.

 A 1.5L Magnum of our 1999 Reserve Merlot. Enticing dark fruit aromas of blackberry, boysenberry and plum are
given depth by notes of clove spice and mocha. The rich palate has layers of flavors varying from ripe black fruit to dusty, dark chocolate. The wine is well-structured with incredibly smooth tannins and a lush, mouth-filling
texture.

 

76402
$325.00  / Bottle
 
$1,950.00  / Case
 

Hypnotic aromas of bittersweet chocolate and black cherries lead to a plush entry filled with notes of blackberry, raspberry and hints of freshly ground coffee. A wine with solid structure, this Reserve Merlot is highly accessible at release time, and is built to age gracefully with cellaring.

Hypnotic aromas of bittersweet chocolate and black cherries lead to a plush entry filled with notes of blackberry, raspberry and hints of freshly ground coffee. A wine with solid structure, this Reserve Merlot is highly accessible at release time, and is built to age gracefully with cellaring.

The Vineyards
The Reserve wines from Chateau St. Jean are styled to showcase the best of Sonoma County. Our estate vineyard in Kenwood comprises 40% of this blend. Located in the Sonoma Valley at the foot of Sugar Loaf Ridge, Chateau St. Jean is a 250-acre estate with 90 acres planted to wine grapes. Planted from 1988-1995, the St. Jean Estate Merlot comprises 24 acres of bench land fruit while the St. Jean Estate Cabernet Franc (5%) is located just in front of the Chateau and the Petit Verdot (2%) is located on the mountain behind the winery. Additional sourcing for this wine came from the Cornerstone Vineyard in the Russian River and the Asti Vineyard in Alexander Valley.

Winemaking
This Reserve wine consists of Merlot (84%) blended with Malbec (9%), Cabernet Franc (5%) and Petit Verdot (2%). Individual lots of each varietal were aged separately for three years in small, 100% French oak barrels (100% new) from select coopers. After 36 months of oak aging, barrel by barrel, each lot was tasted and the most outstanding barrels were selected and blended.

77896
$325.00  / Bottle
 
$1,950.00  / Case
 

The first swirl of this Merlot releases inviting aromas of mint, chocolate and blackberry jam. On the palate, a soft juicy entry filled with supple tannins is layered with pleasant notes of black cherry, sweet tobacco and black plums throughout a long finish.


79405
$250.00  / Bottle
 
$150.00  / Case
 

Ripe fruit aromas of fresh berries, red plum and cherry are robust and lead to rich flavors of fresh berry pie, milk chocolate and notes of black tea on the palate. The wine is well structured with a juicy mouthfeel, smooth tannins and a lasting finish.

424654
$15.00  / Bottle
 
$180.00  / Case
 

Aromas of sweet black cherry, cola and clove burst from the glass of this Merlot. These bright fruit characters carry over onto the palate and mingle with notes of blackberry and chocolate. The wine is round and dense with polished tannins.


429383
$35.00  / Bottle
 
$420.00  / Case
 
 
 

 

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